Dubai in 24 hours
Whenever you visit a country there are key moments that define your stay in that country, for every person those key moments are different; as they depend on several factors, but there are several factors that I believe interest everyone. Allow me to take you on a small journey to Dubai, and experience those key moments with me!
Culture: culture in any city comes from the local people, unfortunate there’s not much of them in Dubai! Although the government was smart enough to create a culture which focuses on innovation. Innovation criticized by a lot because it was boosted by money. Money that people argue will someday disappear! Biggest proof of which is the famous quote of Dubai founder Sheikh Rashed bin Saeed Al Maktoum – “My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I drive a Mercedes, my son drives a Land Rover, his son will drive a Land Rover, but his son will ride a camel”,1 In my opinion Dubai has managed to become one of the most visited cities in the world, and that is one hell of an achievement! I can name a lot of countries that have double the resources, but couldn’t pull half of what Dubai has! The first cultural interaction in Dubai I had was at the airport passport control. Where your picture is taken by a young Imarati wearing a traditional thobe, and smiling at you with a big welcome. Unfortunately he was the last Imarati I have spoken to until it was time for departure. For me the cultural experience of Dubai is expressed in the word “the biggest” as from the moment your land, you start by spotting the biggest airport, the tallest building, the biggest manmade island and so on. Although this reduces a bit of joy from the travel experience I still had a wonderful time in this magical city – and was amazed by what they have managed to create!
Things to do: know one thing – Dubai offers so many attractions and things to do that I promise you this city won’t be boring. However due to all attraction being manmade, they come at a very high cost in Dubai. while I will not focus on the Major attractions you can find simply by typing in Google: top 10 things to do in Dubai, I will share with you some of my most interesting experiences from my 5+ visits to this magical city, so although these might not be the most commercial things to do, those are some of the things I enjoyed the most, and that can be done within a 24 hour trip.
- Shooting Range: Jebel Ali Golf resort offers an amazing shooting range. Where you can simply take a 9 mm and see how accurate you really are. For 15 years and above the range also offer a 0.22 caliber, which would be a good choice for a woman or a kid from 15-18 years of age. The shooting club also offers an outdoor clay shooting area which is lit at night for the best experience of a shotgun! The resort might be a bit far from Dubai center but it took me around 25 minutes to get there which isn’t so bad. After you finish your shooting you can actually sit down and enjoy a beer by the range.
- Dubai Fountains: And with no surprise the world’s largest choreographed fountain system is in Dubai. Believe me it’s worth the trip! The fountains are located on the back side of Dubai Mall (which if your into shopping is a must see place). The fountains dance to different musical performances once every half an hour from 6:00 – 10:00 pm, and until 11:00 pm on weekends. A word of advice for those who enjoy photography, arrive early as it will get extremely crowded. Allow yourself one time to watch and enjoy, and one time to take pictures, as this is something you wouldn’t want to see on a PC when your back home. This is a scene that will require your full attention
3.Atmosphere Bar: from the tallest building in Dubai comes the most beautiful view you can imagine. This place is just magical, but magic doesn’t come cheap in this city. To experience the best view of Dubai; request a window table for a minimum spend of AED400(approx USD 108) per person. This is what came to me with the reservation confirmation. The place gets really packed on weekends (Thursday and Friday nights in Dubai) so i would highly suggest you book in advance. It offers a lovely selection of Cocktails, a very unique food menu, and live sets from a DJ. Although I would highly recommend you to pass by this unique venue, the other way to see the same view is to take the Burj Khalifa tour which takes you to one of the highest flours you will ever get to in your life. There’s a lovely telescope that shows you Dubai now, Dubai before, and Dubai after for only AED 150.
4. JBR : The largest single-phase residential construction in the world is the Jumeirah Beach Walk. A beautiful place to enjoy a stroll in the middle of Cafe’s, Restaurants and beautiful Hotels as well as a wide beach front which makes it even more interesting. for me the Jumairah Beach Walk for a dinner or just a stroll with an ice cream is an essential part of Dubai’s spirit.
5.Souk Madinat Jumeirah : a recreation of an old Arabic Market. Quite impressive architecture, good variety of shops , and an amazing selection of restaurants and bars by the waters. Don’t leave Dubai without passing by. I would recommend you to have a Mai Thai at the trader Vics Madinat Juneirah to finalize the experience. the souq also has its own waterway to transfer people from its shops, bars and restaurants to the neighboring hotels
Food: Authentic food in Dubai? yes you will find that, but did you ever hear of an Imarati restaurant? or a Gulf Arabic food restaurant outside of Dubai, I don’t think so.For some you might find it interesting to give it a try, myself I enjoy the variety of rice+chicken/mutton meals the local cuisine offers,although I believe the majority of it was inspired by Indian cuisine. but what makes this city most interesting is that you will find the most unique cuisines cooked almost to perfection! a good choice if you haven’t visited India would be to try a few Indian restaurants.
Accommodation: Dubai I’m sure will soon be the city with the biggest number of Hotels, the competitiveness of the market has forced hotels to look for different ways to be unique. Which creates an amazing pool of selection for the visitor. although again the culture that prevails is the tallest and the biggest, that doesn’t make those hotels are less beautiful or less desirable to live. The level of service in this country is set on very high standards, people are accommodating and they will try there best to give you the experience you are looking for. my last trip was for business purposed so I stayed in Sofitel Downtown, a recently opened 5* hotel, and believe it or not that title picture(showing Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world) is actually the view from the hotel, and to that we come to and end to another Interlude! don’t forget to share.